Last week, Singapore’s Changi Airport Group announced that it’ll be tearing down the country’s Budget Terminal to build a new, bigger terminal in its place.
While the terminal will still not have aerobridges, it will be able to handle widebody aircraft that long-haul low-cost players like Scoot will be operating. It will also have more facilities, and even medium to high-end
retailers and food outlets to make it more upscale and attractive.
Hence the word ‘budget’ will
also be dropped from its name – Terminal 4.
For those who remember, when
the Budget Terminal first opened its doors in 2006, not everyone was supportive
and impressed. It was rather sparsely furnished and Singaporeans used to the
comforts of Changi’s terminals found the
differences stark. Others complained about long walks to the aircraft.
But still, the low-cost
industry grew and barely two years later, the terminal was expanded to handle 7
million passengers annually.
So when news broke that a new
terminal for low-cost carriers was coming up, many were excited that they’ll
soon be able to have a better airport experience, even when they are flying
Others however, were
concerned that a new terminal means higher charges and questioned why can’t a
terminal for LCCs just stay simple.
So, it’ll be interesting to
see the new Terminal 4 when it comes up, and how passengers will take to it. Afterall, Changi has to live up to its reputation and
also do its best to stay ahead of the competition.
Just nearby in
world’s largest low-cost terminal. Klia2 is expected to be ready by April 2013
and be able to handle 33 million passengers annually.